Resource - Microsoft Press Free eBooks on the Microsoft Virtual Academy

Resource - Microsoft Press Free eBooks on the Microsoft Virtual Academy

One of my favorite quotes comes from President John F. Kennedy and it is a key element for how I approach things in both professional and personal endeavors.

"Leadership and learning and indispensable to each other"

Many of you who read IT Pro: Windows are leaders in your organization and communities and already understand that in order to remain relevant you must stay up to date. That means looking for and finding information resources that allow you to stay abreast of the latest technologies. This includes learning how to make that technology work best for you and how to work the technology.

Microsoft Press publishes many titles in their library that can be purchased however, they also make available a good number of books that are free to download and add to your library.

Over on the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) there is currently a list of 38 free eBooks from Microsoft Press and here is a sampling of some of the ones that are available:

Windows 10 IT Pro Essentials: Top 10 Tools (165 pages)
(Ed Bott)

This eBook contains descriptions and hands-on advice to help IT Pros work faster and smarter. Some of these tools are for everybody—end users and experts alike—whereas some are strictly for professionals.

Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms (1200 pages)
(Charles Petzold)

This 1200-page ebook is a deep dive for C# programmers who want to write applications using a single code base that targets the three most popular mobile platforms: iOS, Android, and Windows, encompassing the Universal Windows Platform and Windows Phone.

Deploying Windows 10: Automating deployment by using System Center Configuration Manager (95 pages)
(Andre Della Monica, Russ Rimmerman, Alessandro Cesarini, and Victor Silveira)

This guide shows you how to deploy Windows 10 in an automated way without impacting end users by leveraging System Center Configuration Manager, which is the most used product to deploy Microsoft operating systems in the industry today.

Enterprise Cloud Strategy (100 pages)
(Barry Briggs and Eduardo Kassner)

This eBook will help you discover what makes the cloud so compelling to enterprises; with which applications you should start your cloud journey; how your organization will change, and how skill sets will evolve; how to measure progress; how to think about security, compliance, and business buy-in; and how to exploit the ever-growing feature set that the cloud offers to gain strategic and competitive advantage.

Introducing Windows 10 for IT Professionals, Technical Overview (202 pages)
(Ed Bott)

The goal of this book is to help you sort out what’s new in Windows 10, with a special emphasis on features that are different from the Windows versions you and your organization are using today, starting with an overview of the operating system, describing the many changes to the user experience, and diving deep into deployment and management tools where it’s necessary.


There are also eBooks about SharePoint, Azure, Windows Server 2016 and SQL Server 2016. All of these and the other books available at MVA are available in PDF, EPUB and Mobi for Kindle formats.

In order to gain access to the free eBooks you do have to register at the MVA but in return not only do you get the free eBooks but you also get discounts on other Microsoft Press books, full access to unlimited free online training on MVA and tools to manage those MVA learning plans.

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